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Is stage 2 melanoma serious?

All stages of melanoma are serious, but stage 2 melanoma is when the cancer becomes relatively more serious. When detected in stage 2, the cancerous mole or growth has spread from the epidermis (top layer of skin) deep into the dermis (middle layer of skin) and potentially into the underlying fat and tissue. In some cases, cancerous cells may have started to spread to other parts of the body. Generally, surgical removal of the growth and surrounding tissue will get rid of the melanoma and generally has a five-year survival rate of 50% to 80%, which means that about 50% to 80% of people with this surgery will still be alive five years later. However, once the disease has spread from the skin to other parts of the body, it may become fatal. That being said, it's very important to see a doctor if you notice any changes in existing moles or any new skin growths, since the chance for recovery is better the earlier you treat it.

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